A student’s journey can be described as a kind of “snowball,” building momentum as each successive challenge is met and mastered. Too many interruptions in the lesson schedule or long breaks can disrupt the continuity and flow of a student’s progress, sometimes taking several weeks to regain inertia. This is why the studio operates on a year-round schedule, as stated previously. While I understand and appreciate the value of rest and relaxation (thus my own scheduled vacation and holidays), I also firmly believe that achieving results where music lessons are concerned requires a commitment to the long-term relationship with the learning process.
As such, I do not recommend or allow that students miss any more than two consecutive lessons (or 2 weeks) at any given time. If I observe that a student is missing too many lessons, I will always make several attempts to communicate my expectations in this regard. As a policy, however, I reserve the right to dismiss any student who is either unwilling or unable to abide by a consistent, regular schedule.
If you must be absent for an extended period (three or more consecutive lessons), but wish to remain a student, there are a couple of options:
- Discontinue Lessons, then re-enroll upon your return. Depending when you stop lessons, and what payment plan you are on, this could result in forfeiture of paid lesson fees (see Discontinuing Lessons). Re-enrollment is also subject to availability if I have a waiting list.
- Reserve your lesson time by paying regular tuition during your absence. If student will have access to an instrument, I can provide additional assignments remotely, or even offer supplemental Online Lessons.